Home Office/Guest Bedroom Update

Kev went out of town last week, so I decided to have a little “surprise by design” style home improvement fun in his future home office/studio space.

The day he left, I bought sample pots of paint…

…and stared at swatches on the wall…

I went with the second sample from the right- a Sherwin Williams color called Roycroft Mist Gray…

I painted it it high…

I painted it low…

I wore the same t-shirt for three days in a row.

I got lazy last year after applying only 2 coats of sealer to the floor in this room, so when I was done painting, I got busy sanding off some “Max stains”…

…and then sealed the floor two more times…

There are four coats of Varathane on it now…take that, Mr. Maximus Minimus!

Kev came home late last night and I showed him everything we still have left to do in the roomΒ the room this morning…

Thankfully, he was still smiling after I told him about what I have planned for the ceiling and for around the windows at the far end of the room. Here are a few inspiration pics I’m going to show a local carpenter to see if he can help us build/install it all…

(Sarah Richardson)


(House Beautiful)

A local carpenter that I may or may not have made an appointment with already. (hee hee)

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  1. says

    I love it so far and I can’t wait to see the final room! Thank you so much for admitting that your paint shirt sometimes gets worn more than one day in a row…you made me feel like a better person as my own just got worn for three days while I hand painted a 6×8 rug!
    Kimberly (Serendipty-kfj blog)
    p.s. I’m showing your post to my son who felt compelled to comment on my wardrobe on day 3! πŸ˜‰

    • Layla says

      πŸ˜€ No sense in changing when you’re just gonna get dirty again, right? πŸ˜‰

    • Layla says

      YES! It’s always a pain in the booty to move everything out, but MAN does it make painting easier!

  2. Rhonda I says

    Wow, you got down to business! Well, I am loving the color you picked, and I am so excited to see where this room goes. Thank you for yet another wonderful journey. :)

  3. claire says

    ooo love the red doors!! – what have u got the sample paint pots sitting on? i love the colours and the texture! – Oh and how the heck can u look that good in p.j’s!!!!

  4. Desiree says

    You should put this post on your “Our House” tab for this room. I LOVE that feature on your site, the house layout with related posts. So clever and easy to see.

  5. Kim in MD says

    Aren’t you just the little energizer bunny when Kevin is away! :-)
    When my husband is out of town I usually catch up on chick flicks! I love that wall color, Layla. That room is gorgeous, and I can’t wait to see what else you do!

  6. says

    Layla, I’ve loved that Sarah Richardson image with the red doors for so long! I remember watching the episode that featured them and thinking, “I need those in my house!” Can’t wait to see what you guys do with the space … I love that you work on it while Kevin’s away, to surprise him! :)

  7. says

    I absolutely adore your ability to create such lovely rooms out of ” almost nothing!” A question~ The room above would not work for a flat ceiling would it?
    Also what are your plans for the side wall? It looks like there are some gaps in the wood? No sure~ just looks that way.
    I am real excited to see what you have planned after the closets!
    You are a blessing~

  8. says

    I absolutely love that paint color! So soothing and such a great background, neutral color. Love! I need to find a spot for that somewhere in my home!

  9. says

    I believe the photo that you don’t have the source for (the photo after Sarah Richardson’s farm house entry photo) is from the HGTV Dream Home – this year or the year before. I know I’ve seen it before…

    • Layla says

      Yep! That’s it, Diane! If you click on the word “source” it’ll take you to the blog post I borrowed that photo from! πŸ˜‰